All About NicotianaNicotiana or flowering tobacco, is an annual plant that can add beauty and fragrance to your garden from summer to fall. It grows in height from 12 inches to 3 feet or more, and is available in numerous colors, including white, pink, purple, red, yellow and even green. Dwarf forms have become popular in recent years, although their scent may not be as strong. Its large sticky leaves attract dirt and dust, and it is poisonous to eat as well, so it may not be a good choice if you have small children or pets.
Growing NicotianaNicotiana can be purchased as an established plant at many garden centers. Although you may find more variety if you start with seeds, those people in colder climates may find that they take too long to germinate and flower. The seeds require fairly warm temperatures and are set on top of the soil. Choose a partly shady location in an area where the soil drains well. When there is no longer any danger of frost in the spring, set the plants into the ground at the same depth as their dirt enclosure. Space them anywhere from 8 inches to 24 inches apart, depending on the variety. Water well.
Unless you want to have nicotiana all over your garden, it is wise to remove the spent flowers before they go to seed. They spread quickly.